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is generally substantive and appropriate for a first year level, in my opinion.” Training & Mentoring • “Pillsbury assigns official mentors at various levels (associate, partner), but each member of the practice section is willing to be a mentor on any given assignment and if an associate reaches out for guidance. Natural mentor/ mentee relationships also form based on personalities. The firm offers affinity groups (women, minority, LGBT) where attorneys can also find mentors who have similar experiences and concerns. A wide variety of formal training is also offered as associates move up in the firm; some mandatory and some optional. Practice groups are also willing to sponsor associates who want to obtain external certification, CLE or other training.” • “There are training courses but not related to all practice areas. Most of the learning is done via mentoring and during substantial tasks.” • “Lots of informal training by working through work product before filing. Partners explain purposes for all edits and revisions to help me write faster and more clearly in the future.” • “I think the firm could do a better job of formal training, especially for first year associates. We were given a good deal of technology and mechanics related training during orientation, but little practice-area specific formal training. Informal training however is readily available—senior and midlevel associates are especially helpful and willing to train new associates and offer assignments to expand your skillset.” Career Outlook • “Partnership is achievable for associates who are committed to developing a book of business. The track can be longer depending on practice group (10-15 years). However, there are a wide variety of exit opportunities available, even in early years given the frequent and immediate client exposure and leadership experience that associates have at Pillsbury. Partners and associates are supported by the firm and their practice section in moving to in-house positions with clients, which happens often, including in-house with pro bono clients (non-profits).” • “There are realistic avenues to partnership. Senior associates first transition to counsel before the partner process and can transition to a special counsel role instead of partner. The firm has a network of alumni and I’ve not heard of people having difficulties with exit opportunities.” • “Partnership is a realistic goal for anyone who wants it as an associate. There are senior counsel and other positions to which some senior associates may transition if partnership is not their goal, but those are limited. Many associates leave to work in government, clerkships, or in-house positions.” • “Recently a counsel who started as a summer associate in our office became a partner. Most of the firm’s most recent class of partners started as summer associates with the firm, which is quite impressive and unusual for BigLaw.” Pro Bono Commitment
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